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Meet the ENF Staff

Sarah Louderman
Programs Assistant

Sarah just started in her position as Programs Assistant,
and she already feels the love from grateful grant recipients.

How long have you worked at the ENF?
November will be two years. It’s gone by quickly, but I’ve learned so much.

What projects are you/your department working on right now?
I’m wrapping up as Donor Services Assistant and training for my new position as Programs Assistant working with the Community Investments Program. Programs is reviewing submitted Beacon and Gratitude Grant applications as well as Final Report Forms from completed grant projects. We’re also gearing up for the Impact Grant announcement at the end of ENF Month.

What are you doing to celebrate ENF Month?
I’m celebrating by reading 25 Lodges in 25 Days on the ENF website. It’s one of the best parts of ENF Month!

What’s your favorite part of working at the ENF?

My favorite part is hearing about how the Elks and the ENF have helped people. I’m always inspired by the dedicated volunteers and the creative ways they continue to help more people every year.

Describe your average day at the ENF.
Since I’m transitioning departments, every day is different. Soon though, my average day will include reviewing grant applications and Final Report Forms, writing about successful grant projects for our website or newsletters, and helping volunteers with any grant related questions they have.

What’s one thing about you that might surprise people?
I love Mexican food. I could eat it for every meal, including breakfast.

What TV show do you never miss?

I’m a Gleek! I’ve watched every episode of Glee at least once.

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